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Although exciting and filled with promising possibilities, the college experience can be challenging for many students, especially when faced with the decision to use alcohol or other drugs.

Misuse Prevention for Parents

College is one of the most important developmental periods in a your child’s life. It is a time when young adults move toward social and financial independence while building life and career skills. The college experience can be challenging for many students, especially when faced with the decision to use alcohol or other drugs.

While visiting prospective colleges, we encourage parents and family members to ask questions about the campus alcohol and drug use policy, how strictly it’s enforced, penalties, and whether or not there is a parental notification policy. Inquire about the campus’ efforts to educate students about the harms and other consequences of alcohol and other drug use.

Here are a few facts to consider:

Alcohol

  1. Any students—whether or not they drink—are subjected to the secondhand effects of alcohol consumption, such as not being able to sleep and having their studying interrupted by drunken behavior.

  2. College students 18-24 years old tend to be heavier drinkers than their non-college peers.

Understand what you can do as a family member to prevent alcohol misuse.

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Rx Medications

  1. The misuse of prescription drugs has the potential to result in significant harm.

  2. The traditional college years represent the average age when the misuse of prescription drugs begins.

Get the facts for preventing prescription medication misuse.

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Marijuana

  1. About one-third of college students smoke marijuana; and marijuana is significantly more potent than it was during the past few decades.

Get to know the new laws and attitudes surrounding marijuana.

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